Frankfurt – "Phenomenal" is a word often heard after matches Alexander Meier has played in, and Saturday was no exception.
The 32-year-old attacking midfielder returned from a five-month injury lay-off with a swift reminder of his talents, doing so in sensational style. In Eintracht Frankfurt's 6-2 win over 1. FC Köln, the 2014/15 Bundesliga top scorer hit the ground running with a hat-trick – the first in the top flight this season.
After hitting 13 braces among his 104 goals in 296 games for Eintracht, the Hessian club's 'Fussballgott' ('Football God'), as he is affectionately known by Eagles fans, now has a Bundesliga treble to his name. As club chairman Heribert Bruchhagen put it, he is indeed "simply phenomenal".